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Glengoyne

The Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. The distillery burn, as it is known, tumbles down the Dumgoyne Hill providing water for the 1.1 million litre capacity whisky distillery. In the past, the woodlands and undulations which covered the surrounding area gave superb shelter for the illegitimate distillations that were brought about by heavy spirit taxation. During the early 19th century, it is rumoured, there were as many as eighteen illicit Stills in the area. The whisky that came from these Stills was taken to the local blacksmith, who filled earthenware pots with the rough, wild spirit and employed local girls to walk the 14 miles to Glasgow with the whisky concealed beneath their hooped skirts. The dense woodland once provided shelter for Rob Roy MacGregor who secreted himself in a little hollow when pursued by the English army.

In 1833, the local farmer, George Connell was granted the license to legally produce whisky in the area. He founded the Burnfoot Distillery, which became Glenguin Distillery in 1861, then, in 1906, became Glengoyne. The previous owners Lang Brothers were acquired by Robertson and Baxter. The distillery was renovated and a further still was installed. In 1984, Lang Brothers received a Royal Warrant, having supplied whisky to the Queen Mother. In April of 2003, Ian MacLeod acquired Lang's blended products and the Glengoyne distillery from the Edrington Group for £7.2 million.

The water is unpeated and the malt used is similarly devoid of peat. Glengoyne is one of several such whiskies in Scotland, but is the one that has made the biggest virtue of it. Glengoyne enjoys the slowest rate of distillation in Scotland (the spirit comes from the Still at around 4-5 litres per minute) which encourages the formation of ‘esters’ giving Glengoyne its characteristically sweet, smooth taste. The spirit is then matured in oak casks from Spain, which have previously contained Sherry. Ian Macleod Distillers look after this whole process. Once felled, the oak is cut into strips and dried in the sunshine of northern Spain for two years before being made into casks and filled with the Dry Oloroso Sherry for a further two years.

The little huddle of distillery buildings is still under Ian Macleod proprietorship and there have been many official releases, though independent bottlings are rather rare. The distillery operates a visitor centre which offers the widest range of visits in Scotland, including Master Classes, Blending Sessions and the opportunity to taste samples from the cask and help Glengoyne select the first ever Distillery Exclusive Single Cask release.

Glengoyne Whisky Distillery

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About Glengoyne Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01360 550254

Distillery Capacity

1 100 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1833

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Dumgoyne by Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LB

Distillery Owner

Ian Macleod Distillers

Distillery Address

Old Killearn, Dumgoyne, Stirlingshire

Distillery Website

www.glengoyne.com

1833

The distillery is licensed under the name Burnfoot Distilleries by the Edmonstone family.

1851

George Connell is replaced as licensee

1867

Archibald C. McLelland takes over.

1876

Lang Brothers buys the distillery and changes the name to Glenguin.

1905

The name changes to Glengoyne.

1910

Own floor maltings ceases.

1965

– Robertson & Baxter takes over Lang Brothers and the distillery is refurbished.

2001

Glengoyne Scottish Oak Finish (16 years old) is launched as the first single malt stored in Scottish oak casks.

2003

Ian MacLeod Distillers Ltd buys the distillery plus the brand Langs from the Edrington Group for £7.2 million.

2004

A 12 year old cask strength is released.

2005

Relaunch of Scottish Oak Finish (15 years old). Limited editions of a 19 year old, a 32 year old and a 37 year old cask strength are launched.

2006

Nine “choices” from Stillmen, Mashmen and Manager are released. The 10 and 17 year olds are relaunched.

2007

A new version of the 21 year old, two Warehousemen´s Choice, Vintage 1972 and two single casks are released.

2008

A 16 year old shiraz cask finish and a 40 year old are released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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The 12 year old from Glengoyne was released in September 2004. This single malt won a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info
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This is an absolute gem; you need this in your lives. This 16 year old was finished in casks from the Glenguin estate in Australia's Hunter Valley. Lord Robin Tedder established the winery in 1988...  More info
$123.85
A 19 year old from Glengoyne, matured in a refill sherry hogshead and bottled at cask strength.  More info
Matured in single cask number 8 at the Glengoyne distillery, this was distilled in 1983 and bottled at cask strength.  More info
$199.40
Glengoyne 17 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A multi-award winning whisky from Glengoyne, this 17 year old won a Double Gold at the 2003 and 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition as well as Gold medals at the International Spirits...  More info
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This Summer distillation from Glengoyne is part of a limited release of 632 bottles from cask number 629, distilled on 27th May 1985 and bottled at cask strength in August 2006.  More info
$199.40
A delicious dram, one of our favourites, it exudes effortless balance and, despite its strength, goes down with the greatest of ease. At 21 years, this single malt from Glengoyne exudes loads of...  More info
Part of a release of just 540 bottles distilled in February of 1972 and bottled in February of 2004, a 31 year old single cask edition from Glengoyne.  More info
A single cask from the Glengoyne distillery. Distilled in Autumn 1999 and matured for 10 years in refill hogshead number 5737 before bottling by Douglas Laing for the Provenance range in the Winter of...  More info
A stunning sherry matured Glengoyne, selected by a group of England's whisky retailers. The cask was number 2716, a sherry hogshead. There are just 291 bottles of this incredibly dark whisky, and...  More info
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Rich single malt from Berry's Own Selection, this was distilled in 1999 at Glengoyne.  More info
A single-cask release from Glengoyne. Comparatively light in colour when compared to some other releases, this superb 23yo exhibits plenty of distillery character.  More info
$309.20
A genuinely superb port-finished whisky from Glengoyne.  More info
$106.87
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